Chekin is a Seville-based startup that digitalizes the identification and registration process for guests at tourist accommodation and hotels. By capturing travellers’ data it meets all the legal requirements the accommodation vendor is obliged to meet. The initiative was launched to the market in 2017 by Antonio Bustamante, CEO and entrepreneur, Carlos Lagares, the CTO of the startup, and Eric Sánchez, CTO, who led the project through the Programa Minerva run jointly by Regional Government of Andalusia and Vodafone.
The app quickly, comfortably and securely reads guests’ identification documents and at the same time allows for the preparation of rental contracts. It has already been presented officially to the Seville Tourist Board and today has more than one thousand properties registered with an average of five monthly check-ins each.
Chekin started with an investment of 50 thousand euros of own funds, which was allocated primarily to the development of the technological product. After participating in the acceleration programme of the Minerva Programme, financing was obtained from other sources, reaching an investment of 350 thousand euros.
The startup, which sells its technology to hotels and tourist properties, as hotel chains or software companies, intend to expand to 20 countries in the future. What ’s more, the company that today has a presence in Italy, Spain and Portugal has set itself a target of a million registered guests monthly and hopes to reach sales of 40 thousand per month by December 2019.